Dec 4, 2013 2:00pm EST
me acknowledge an announcement i made yesterday regarding christine fox, who is going to be our new acting deputy secretary of defense. i recommended christine to present obama because i felt we needed the continuity to continue with some of the most defining challenges that we had been facing and will continue to face in this department over a number of years. and you know what those are. it's budget, sequestration. we're finishing up qdr. review. and how all that impacts strategic interest and focus and where we go from here. she brings the continuity. she brings the expertise, the leadership. she has relationships. she is highly respected in the congress, in the white house, and certainly around here. so i want to acknowledge her coming over to give us some of her time. she thought a few months ago she was going to escape. she didn't. she will be an important part of how we go forward here the next few months, and have great confidence in her, and look forward to working with her again. i just spent some time with her this one as we laid out kind of the next steps year for the ne
Dec 2, 2013 12:00pm EST
're uneasily reckoning with now as that phase in our history seems to be coming to a close and a new chapter is beginning. >> okay. thank you. i'm going to move ahead because i think, are you confident that the obama administration and congress can agree on defense cuts that do not impair significantly the ability of the united states to remain the world's dominant superpower? >> no. i, you know, i think that there is an outline of at least a small budget deal to be had when you talk to reasonable members of both parties in congress and there are still some who belong in those, that category, you can come up with some, some mechanisms for increasing revenue and some mechanisms for restraining the, reducing entitlement costs that could at least get us to a small budget deal for the next two to three years, with some relief for, you know, to avoid another round of sequestration and so forth. whether we can see our way through the political paralysis to get there is another question all together. i think that, so i am by nature an optimist. i want to believe rationality will prevail but so far
Dec 5, 2013 12:00pm EST
. a senior administration official in the current obama administration told us last week, he said i've been incredibly impressed by the judgment and care that you would expect from a great news organization. and, finally, a senior whitehall official at the heart of these stories on september 9, i have not seen anything you have published to date which is risked lives. so there are different views about this and i listened with respect to the give you have given, but i don't -- >> but you disagree with an? >> it's not that i disagree. it's impossible to assess because no one is give me specific evidence. >> the real criticism is that the information you contains the names of individual sector the officers and this has been sent around the world, sometimes pay for by "the guardian," and these names are of our security officers, people who were there to protect our country. that's what you damaged the country, because others who don't have security clearance have been able to read these names, know who they are, possibly know where they live. that is the damage that they allege you have done.